Skyrim Special Edition patch fixes audio compression and 'general performance' issues

The patch is in beta for PC players, with Xbox One and PS4 versions coming soon.


To address player complaints that audio in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition sounded of a lower quality than in the original, Bethesda shared details on a patch to address that issue and roll out general improvements.

It turns out the audio issue stemmed from compression. Bethesda's patch will update specific sound files to raise their quality.

Skyrim Special Edition's patch is currently in beta for the Steam version. You can download the patch on PC by opting into Steam betas. In Steam, right-click Skyrim Special Edition and select Settings. Click Betas, and then click Beta from the drop-down menu. Click OK.

Once the game updates you can begin playing with the patch fixes applied.

Xbox One and PS4 versions will receive the beta soon. Patch notes follow.

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